Let The Cedar STK Weather First Before Stain/seal?

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Old 06-18-2011, 04:06 PM   #1
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Let The Cedar STK Weather First Before Stain/seal?

New decking will be 5/4 x 6 STK western red cedar.

Not sure where I saw this, but a manufacturer of a coating product says right in their how-to literature to NOT finish new wood right away.

So, how about it? Good practice, or hogwash?

And for a deck finished late in the year in snow country, how about letting the new deck go for a winter before the first application of product? Here, once we get snow, it stays until May. No intermittent melt-offs.

There seems to be some support from users that post here for the TWP products, so that is what is being planned.
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Old 06-18-2011, 04:50 PM   #2
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Re: Let The Cedar STK Weather First Before Stain/seal?

I haven't done an STK deck in quite some time. But the stuff we got was fairly dry. Not KD, but not like sopping wet PT.

We used to hit it w. some oxalic acid, let it dry a day then stain it.


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Re: Let The Cedar STK Weather First Before Stain/seal?

I always stain right away or at least the first chance I get with dry weather..

If you are using a product that says otherwise, then follow the product's directions.
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Re: Let The Cedar STK Weather First Before Stain/seal?

If the material is somewhat dry, I see no reason to not seal it right away. If it is sopping wet, I would let it dry for a couple of weeks in good weather.

My experience with Cedar is that is usually fairly dry, compared to other species that I work with.
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Re: Let The Cedar STK Weather First Before Stain/seal?

All the cedar I've used has been dry, we hit it with a random orbit sander and stain it.

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Old 06-18-2011, 07:06 PM   #6
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Re: Let The Cedar STK Weather First Before Stain/seal?

Seal it right away unless it's sopping wet. UV starts breaking down the wood immediately, the sooner a coating is applied the better.


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